Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Underneath the Lintel

by Glen Berger Running Time: 90 minutes

February 20, 2013 to
March 17, 2013

Studio Theatre
Directed by C. Michael Wright

Jim headshotFeaturing James Ridge

A puzzling mystery begins when a Dutch librarian discovers a surprise in the overnight return slot …a travel guidebook that is 113 years overdue! The man, who has never left his native town of Hoofddorp, grows determined to track down the offender.  As he travels around the world on his obsessive search, he finds himself on a journey that not only unlocks ancient mysteries, but moves him to new revelations.

Did you see the show? Read playwright Glen Berger's insightful AFTERWORD

Konrad K. Kuchenbach  |  Sheldon & Marianne Lubar Charitable Fund

Glen Berger
Librarian James Ridge

Production Staff
Director C. Michael Wright
Costume Designer Andrea Bouck
Lighting Designer Holly Blomquist
Properties Master Nikki Kulas
Sound Designer Phil Wooding
Stage Manager Judy Martel

<February 2013>
171819207:30 PM (P)217:30 PM (P)228:00 PM (O)234:00 PM8:00 PM
242:00 PM2526277:30 PM (V)287:30 PM (T)18:00 PM24:00 PM8:00 PM
32:00 PM4561:00 PM (*)77:30 PM (T)88:00 PM94:00 PM8:00 PM

T=Talkback: post-show Q&A with actors and director
*=Talk Theatre: pre-show interactive discussion beginning at noon
V=ViewPoints: pre-show presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Talk Theatre

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 12:00 PM

An opportunity to participate in informal pre-show discussions with MCT's Producing Artistic Director and other show-specific theatre artists.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 6:30 PM

Experience in-depth, pre-show presentations led by engaging guest experts who offer insights into show-related issues and field questions from knowledge-hungry patrons.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013 7:30 PM

Thursday, March 7, 2013 7:30 PM

Thursday, March 14, 2013 7:30 PM

After select Thursday evening performances, you can meet the artists involved in a production, ask questions about the creative process and discuss your theatergoing experience.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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Media Coverage

Chamber Theatre’s Lintel Is Long Overdue

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express; All that's really required for solidly entertaining theater is one person and a story. When the right actor is paired with the right script in the right venue, a one-person show can be every bit as dynamic as something with a big cast and a bigger budget.

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Total review

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

by Anne Siegel, Total; Noted Wisconsin Actor James Ridge takes audiences on a journey around the world – and perhaps through the vagaries of their own souls – in an offbeat, one-person drama, Underneath the Lintel. Ridge, who has performed at American Players Theater in Spring Green, WI, for 16 years, is no stranger to Milwaukee audiences, either.

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The "Wanderer" Fantasy

Monday, February 25, 2013

by Paul Kosidowski,; ...I want to sing its praises and shout from my little molehill: “This play, this production is extraordinary, funny, riveting, moving.” James Ridge delivers the most vibrant, detailed and full-blooded performance I've seen in a long time. Anywhere. Director Michael Wright draws both nuance and full-throated vitality from Berger’s devilishly clever script, a detective story that reaches back in time and joyously grasps at some of the great mysteries of the ages.

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"Underneath the Lintel" puts an unorthodox twist on ancient story

Sunday, February 24, 2013

by Dave Begel;; ... James Ridge, a regular member of the American Players in Spring Green, turns in a performance that makes you gasp in wonder as director C. Michael Wright leads him through a stunning and mysterious journey to which we are all privileged watchers...

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“Underneath the Lintel” a majestic, multilayered story

Saturday, February 23, 2013

by Matthew Reddin; Third Coast; The first thing you notice about the strange gentleman who stumbles onto Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s black box studio stage is that he never stops moving. He twitches, paces, spins, gestures, moves for his chair and then darts away to scribble something else on the blackboard. It’s a restlessness that is – well, it’s tragic, really, but you won’t know that for a while.

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Ridge mesmerizing in Chamber Theatre's 'Underneath the Lintel'

Sunday, February 24, 2013

by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Midway through his extraordinary solo performance in Glen Berger's "Underneath the Lintel" - being staged by the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre under C. Michael Wright's direction - James Ridge asks the audience whether we'd recognize a miracle if we saw one.

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'Underneath the Lintel' is a journey of self discovery

Thursday, February 21, 2013

by Mike Muckian, Wisconsin Gazette; Life is – or should be – a journey of self-discovery. Those of us who fail to initiate that quest are often prodded by life’s circumstances down roads they wouldn’t otherwise have chosen.

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James Ridge alone “Underneath the Lintel” at MCT

Thursday, February 21, 2013

by Cheryl Figueroa, Third Coast; James Ridge, a 16-year veteran of American Players Theatre of Spring Green, will play The Librarian, the one and only role in the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Underneath the Lintel, by Glen Berger. MCT artistic director C. Michael Wright is directing Ridge.

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Lake Effect interview with James Ridge & C. Michael Wright

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Listen to Bonnie North's interview with James Ridge & C. Michael Wright about UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Watch this fun video about our upcoming production of UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL, Feb. 20 - March 17! Click "more info" for the link

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A Long and Winding Road

Thursday, February 7, 2013

People often ask me how I choose the scripts we produce. Truth be told, it can often be a rather lengthy and involved process. Take Glen Berger’s UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL as a case in point.

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